Yanis Varoufakis opposes defence agreement between Greece and United States

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Yanis Varoufakis, MeRA25 founder and general secretary,  has spoken out against the ratified defence agreement between Greece and the United States accusing the deal of further fueling 'geopolitical tensions and war-profiteering.'

In a statement published on their website, MeRA25 expressly denounced the Greek-American Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) which was ratified by the Greek parliament on May 13 saying the approval of the agreement will see the United States gain access to three more military bases in addition to those it already operates.

"The United States has been operating a naval base in Crete since 1969, and the ratified MDCA will now allow the US military to use Georgula Barracks in Volos, the Litochoro camp in Pieria and the Yannuli barracks in Alexandroupoli.

“MeRA25 opposed, and voted against, the Greek-American Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement,” he told the Anadolu news agency.

“The reason is simple: Its purpose is not to enhance mutual security but, rather, to support the United States’ strategy of fuelling, and profiting from, geopolitical tensions in the wider area from the Black Sea to the Middle East and North Africa.

“MeRA25 is committed to de-escalating all tensions, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean – a goal that is utterly inconsistent with the goals and practices of the so-called Greek-American Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement.”